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Build Your Own Toddler Bed

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Build your own toddler bedHave you ever considered building your own toddler bed? Have you considered the cost cutting benefits that comes with it? Have you ever thought of showing the world your creative designs? This is the time to get out of the box and show the world that you can do it!

If your toddler is growing so fast and tall at the same time, considering how expensive baby stuff have become, you would need to think about getting your hands dirty for once and building a bed that he will until his teenage days and beyond.

Let’s have a look at how easy it is to make a 27 ½” x 51 ½” – can fit a crib mattress.

What you need:

1. Wood – in accurate measurements as follows:
2- 2×2 @ 8 feet long
1-1×6 @ 8 feet long
1-1×6 @ 10 feet long
5-1×3 @ 8 feet long
2-1×2 @ 8 feet long
1 beadboard wainscoting – has the best quality
2. Nails – 1” finish nails
3. 2” inch screws and 1-1/4” pocket hole screws
4. Wood adhesive
5. Wood grout
6. 120 grit sandpaper


1. Measuring tape
2. Protection glasses
3. Sketcher/marker
4. Hearing protector
5. Driller
6. Spherical saw
7. Jigsaw
8. Nailer

Overall Instructions:

– Take all the necessary precautions to build safely and smartly
– Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris
– Use straight boards always
– Predrill holes before attaching with screws always
– Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold
– Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects to avoid stains
– Ask or look for help if you need it
– Consider buying tools because after this project you surely will consider doing many more of your home projects.If you don’t intend to buy you can hire or borrow from a friend.

How to cut your wood

3 – 1×6 @ 27 ½”
2 – 2×2 @24”
1 – Beadboard paneling @ 23” high x 30 ½” wide cut to fit
2 – 2×2 @ 10”
2 – 1×6 @50 ¾ “
Guard rails
4 – 1×2 @ 11”
4 – 1×2 @ 24 ½”
2 – 2×2 @ 51 ½”
15 – 1×3 @ 27 1/2 “


1. On a legal sized paper create a pattern with the shape you want for the header. Trace that pattern on the front and back of the header so they are identical.
2. With the 1×6 boards, using a jigsaw, cut out the header following the shape you drew and traced on your board. Follow the cutting by sanding until all the ends are well smoothed out.
3. With the header cut, drill the pocket holes and attach to the legs
4. Trace the shape of the headboard on the beadboard paneling and cut a slightly smaller shape so that the edges are not visible from the front. Nail it with the 1” finish nails and wood glue.
5. Cut out your footboard and attach it to the legs, easily attach the side rails to the header and the footer board.
6. Ensure the guard rails are smoothed out all around the corners using sandpaper. Attach them to the bed using ¼” bolts, 2” long with nuts and washers through predrilled ¼” bolt holes.
7. Attach the cleats with 2” screws and wood glue. Remember to predrill holes with the drill every 6-8” with the cleats on your work surface, then screw them in place.
8. Add the slats, ensure they are closely spaced to avoid foot slip through the wider spacing as the mattresses are so flimsy.
9. Finally fill all the holes with wood filler and keep applying additional coats of wood as needed; allow it to dry. Once the wood filler is completely dry, sand the entire project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum the sanded project and the entire working surface to remove sanding residue. Wipe the completed bed and the whole working are with a damp cloth.
10. Apply wood conditioner or color to your liking or to fit the toddler’s room. Allow it to completely dry to give a splendid toddler bed!
11. Put the mattress and the bedding.

The bed is ready for use and your toddler will be so proud of you for making their bed from home.

Types Of Toddler Beds

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Toddler beds come in various shapes, sizes and designs, the key qualities they all have in common are:
+ They are low to the ground
+ They have rails on both sides of the bed
+ The have a footboard and a headboard
Though they have all these qualities in common, their prices differ and the selection is left to the parent and the child to decide depending on theiTypes Of Toddler Bedsr set budget and preference.

Different kinds are:

1. Wood-made beds:

This is the most standard toddler travel bed that have side guards on both sides of the bed. Some wooden beds have one side all up just like a crib and one open for the child to use to climb on and off easily. The wooden beds come in shades such as cherry, oak and white. They all have a headboard but they may or may not have a footboard. Wooden beds come in different styles, for example:
+ Drawer-attachedstorage beds:They include a storage drawer underneath the bed making it convenient to store extra beddings, baby clothes or even toys. The drawer extends the length of the bed and easily pulls out for quick storage of items. The storage beds are perfect for a small room that needs extra storage space.
+ Style-shapedwooden beds: They are shaped into fun beds like a pirate ship bed, construction truck bed, boast shaped bed. Simply put, there are endless styles of wooden shaped beds. The shapes are created with thick pieces of wood or boards that may cost more than traditional wood.
+ Art-curvedwooden beds: This is one of the most popular wooden bed today. The footboard is curved similar to a sleigh and it has a headboard too. They come in various colors of wood and can also be painted black, white or any other shade to match your child’s room. They are modern and elegant and are a great piece of art in your child’s room.

2. Convertible beds

This is a bed liked by most parents because it grows along with the child. It can be converted into a toddler bed with two side rails, or into a daybed with one rail and later a full size bed with a headboard and footboard. They come in various colors and are made of wood. The most common colors for convertibles are: oak, cherry, white or black painted wood. They are simple to assemble and can easily be done at home with the help of the instructions from the manufacturers that come with the bed.

3. Plastic bed:

Most toddler beds are made out of plastic. They are the same size as wooden beds and may have headboard, footboard and guard rails on the sides. They often feature the kids most favorite characters such as cars, Disney princess etc. They come in different color and styles such as four poster beds making it a favorite for most children.

4. Canopy bed:

They come either in wooden or plastic styles and may have a canopy frame that connects the four posters on the headboard and footboard of the bed and a cloth canopy that fits over the frame or ties on to it. They come in variety of colors and styles and may even include a toddler’s favorite characters on them such as Dora the Explorer, Winnie the Pooh etc. They also have guard rails similar to other types of toddler beds.

5. Travel/Portable bed:

For families on the go, this is a good choice as their toddler gets to travel with their bed wherever they go. A portable bed comes in either a padded foam mattress or an inflatable mattress that can easily be folded and stored. A foam padded toddler bed has bumper sides that will cushion the toddler if they roll in their sleep.

Depending on your likes combined with your child’s likes, you are bound to get a toddler bed that fits your family’s likes, style and budget. Don’t hesitate to ask questions as you purchase the toddler bed – this is the only way to ensure you are making the right decision by buying what you have decided. Lastly, involve your little one in decision making, they may have an idea of what they want that will save you lots of time in making a final decision.